Obesity, by definition, means your body mass index (BMI) is 30 or higher, which usually means you are 100 pounds or more over ideal body weight. Morbid obesity is defined as having a BMI of 40 or higher. As the second leading cause of preventable death in the United States, obesity poses a major public health challenge.

Excess weight substantially raises the risk of:

  • Hypertension
  • Dyslipidemia (abnormal concentrations of lipids in the blood)
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Gallbladder disease
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Sleep apnea
  • Respiratory problems
  • Endometrial, breast, prostate and colon cancers

Significant weight loss can decrease the odds of developing one or more of these conditions. More information about the causes, risk factors and complications of obesity.

You may be a candidate for weight loss surgery if you:

  • Are at least 18 years old
  • Have a BMI over 40
  • Have a BMI over 30 and have one or more serious health conditions related to morbid obesity
  • Are unable to achieve a healthy body weight for a sustained period of time, even with medically supervised dieting

Knowing where you stand may give you the courage to take the first step. Try one of our Health Risk Assessments today:

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